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Anoushka Shankar set for Melbourne's Hamer Hall / Indian Link

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It's been eight long years of waiting to witness Anoushka Shankar perform live once more on Australian shores. She was last here on tour in 2010, along with her father, sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar. A lot has changed in these eight years – for example, Australia has changed way too many Prime Ministers – but Anoushka's creative ingenuity in experimenting with the many ways in which Indian classical music can be presented to the world has remained not just steadfast, but seems to have increased with time.

Since 2010, Anoushka has released four albums, each markedly different in tone, sensibility and how Indian classical music is fused with global musical styles to give a truly unique offering. Her Traces of You album (2013), brought about a memorable collaboration with her half-sister Norah Jones, with Norah lending her vocals to three tracks on the album. Then Home (2015), an unadulterated display of what magic Indian classical music can create on its own. The raga khamaj in that album is to die for. And this brings us to Land of Gold, her latest album, that she is currently performing material from on her return to Australia. Continuing in her journey to give audiences different entry points to Indian classical music, this album has a very different sound and sensibility to her previous efforts. Shankar will perform at Hamer Hall, Arts Centre, Melbourne tonight!!, Tuesday 13 March.

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